Letter Martin to Minister, December 4, 2001

The corporate franchise world has realized that in Ontario it’s open season. There is nothing to protect the hard working people who buy their own franchise to support themselves and their families.

Open Letter
December 4, 2001

To Hon. Norm Sterling,
Ministry of Consumer and Business Services
Tony Martin, MPP

December 4, 2001

OPEN LETTER

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Hon. Norm Sterling
Minister of Consumer and Business Services
250 Yonge St. 35th Floor
Toronto, ON M5B 2N5

Dear Mr. Sterling,

I am writing to you today to ask for your assistance in saving small business people across this province. I know that you are aware of the situation with the twenty-three Grand & Toy franchises, whose owners will be locked out as of January 1st, 2001. Families, who have invested their entire life’s savings in the purchase of their own Grand & Toy business, are now having them appropriated by the corporation without any real financial compensation.

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Now Country Style Donuts has sent out thirty termination notices to franchisees across northern Ontario - two in my community have been owned by the same man for the past ten years. Tomorrow Country Style will change his locks and he will receive nothing for his investment and years of hard work.

Another family in my community who owns a Food Basics grocery store has also just learned that the corporation will be coming in and locking their doors.

This is becoming an epidemic. The corporate franchise world has realized that in Ontario it’s open season. There is nothing to protect the hard working people who buy their own franchise to support themselves and their families.

The current Arthur Wishart Act, 2000, was enacted to regulate fair relations between a franchisee and the franchisor – something that was desperately needed. The problem is that it deals primarily with regulating fair practice prior to the signing of the contract, not after.

I have recently tabled a bill that would amend the current legislation to include regulations for fair dealing after the contract is signed.

You stated in the Legislature that if it became apparent that the current legislation was inefficient you would make the changes necessary. This recent epidemic of franchisees losing everything makes it very clear that change is necessary.

Minister I ask for your help in fast tracking my new bill so that we can protect the small business people who desperately need our help. I am very sure that with your support we could reach all party agreement to bring this legislation in before the House recesses for the holidays.

Sincerely,

Tony Martin
MPP, Sault Ste. Marie


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